It is the third image of its kind to be released so many days after the 35-year-old hostage has not been seen in public since 2018.
In February, the United Nations Human Rights Office called for evidence on the daughter of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum after a video shot by Latifa came out claiming that she was held captive and feared for her life.
But the sheikh has always denied these allegations and said she was safe and healthy.
Then images of the princess appeared online over the weekend.
Since her unsuccessful attempt to flee the United Arab Emirates in 2018, it has been claimed that Latifa was locked in her “villa prison”, with some supporters fearing for her well-being.
The latest photo was posted by Fiona Day, who describes herself as an intuitive consultant and psychic medium.
She regularly posts online about animals and veganism, a passion she shares with the princess.
Radha Stirling, founder of Detainee in Dubai whom Latifa contacted during her escape and who reported her abduction to the media, said: “There is no doubt that the photos were staged in response to growing concern about the welfare of Latifa, but the government chose to respond. concerns via Instagram, rather than submitting to UN appeals.
“That doesn’t mean Latifa isn’t cooperating and enjoying the progress. “
Latifa has repeatedly accused her father of keeping her hostage, he says firmly denied.
The new footage has not been independently verified – however, the Princess’s campaign team told Sun Online they believe they are genuine.
Earlier, we reported how the first image to emerge showed Latifa sitting in what looks like a mall with two women smiling and looking relaxed.
Body language expert Judi James told Sun Online that the princess’s body language in these articles does not seem to definitively clarify her emotional state.
But she said Latifa seems to act differently from others.
She said: “The body language in these recent photos, especially the one with the psychic medium, seems intended to show Latifa having lunch or a drink and having relaxed fun with girlfriends in selfie style. which would be familiar in format to many photos of friends. could share on social networks.
There is no doubt that the photos were staged in response to growing concern over Latifa’s well-being.
Radha Stirling, Founder of Inmate in Dubai
“The ones who look the most relaxed and the ones who really spark and create the smiling poses are the other women here.
“Their energy levels seem higher and their social smiles are wider than those interpreted by Latifa, whose smiles are much more subdued.
“In the photo where she is sitting with two women, she keeps her hands on the table, unlike them.
“With the psychic blow [today’s new image], the two women appear to be sharing a drink together but, while we can see the other woman apparently holding her drink on the table, the photo does not show a drink in front of the princess. “
Ms James also noted that Latifa appeared to be wearing a partial smile in these photos, although it was not a mirror smile from the women she was with.
She said: “Friends who hang out often mimic each other when they smile for the camera.
“But the princess doesn’t produce a bare smile like the other women here. Does she normally show her teeth in a smile with friends?
“The photographs of the princess with her friend Tina seem to show that she does.
“In these photos her lips are closed and it’s a slight curl up the corners of her lips that creates a more enigmatic smile of mouth. “
In the background for one of the images, an advertisement can be spotted for the Japanese animated film Demon Slayer, released in the United Arab Emirates on May 13.
The photo was originally posted on Instagram by a woman named Shinny Bryn who captioned the image: “Nice night out at MoE with friends. “
MoE refers to the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai.
Face masks can also be seen on their table indicating that the photo was taken recently.
The other photo – also posted on Instagram – shows Latifa sitting in a waterside restaurant with one of the two women who appeared in the first snap.
Meanwhile, sources told The Sun Sunday that the princess “is in contact with close friends.”
“Things are moving in the right direction, but there is some caution. We are convinced that she has been released, ”added one of them.
In a statement, David Haigh, of the Free Latifa and Detained International campaign, said: “We confirm that there have been several potentially significant and positive developments in the campaign.
“We do not intend to comment further at this point, a new statement will be issued when the time comes.”
In 2002, Latifa made her first alleged escape attempt at the age of 16 – but was captured on the UAE’s border with Oman.
She was then jailed for three years and four months, according to reports.
In 2018, she tried to flee again, this time with the help of her friend Tiina Jauhiaine and former French spy Hervé Jaubert.
But after boarding a boat in Oman, the ship was stopped by Indian officials in international waters and the princess was sent back to her father.
In February of this year, secret videos were released showing Latifa claiming that she was a “hostage” and that she was being held in a royal villa under armed guard.
She also alleged that she was beaten and drugged.
In response to the footage, the United Nations intervened and asked the UAE for evidence that Latifa was still alive.
But, the royal family simply responded with a statement saying they were now ‘groomed at home’.
Her father claimed that his daughter was conned into fleeing by criminals who wanted money.
He insists that she is safe and that her family’s privacy must be respected.
Radha Stirling, a lawyer detained in Dubai, was contacted by Latifa during her escape attempt in 2018.
After viewing the new photo, Stirling told Sun Online: “If the photo is genuine, it would indicate that the UAE intends to possibly allow Latifa to return to public life as was mentioned in their last statement.
“The UAE has refused media requests and largely ignored United Nations pleadings.
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“Despite increasing pressure, the UAE’s position has remained that Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum is ‘in the loving care of her family’.
“The family still maintain that Latifa has mental health issues that she does not intend to put on a show. “
Looking at the photo of Latifa, Hervé Jaubert: “I am so relieved to hear this wonderful news. Princess Latifa looks straight into the camera and appears to be herself and happy. ”